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This Japanese variety bitter gourd has green heavily warted skin and best flavor when harvested young at 10-13". The fruits are crisp and tender. The climbing vine can reach 12' and has yellow flowers. Bitter gourd prefers a warm climate and some humidity. Bitter gourd is also called bitter melon, karalla and balsam pear.
Warm season annual
Approx. 7-10 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. In warm areas, sow seeds in late spring/summer after last frost in a sunny location. For better germination, sprout seeds indoors by soaking in water for 24 hours. Wrap in wet paper towel and keep warm between 75-85°F. Plant when seeds sprout. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Train to climb a vertical support for better air circulation and ease of harvest. Low soil temperatures may result in low or no germination.
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Young fruit is delicious in soups, stuffed and in stir-fries especially with pork and black beans. Young shoots and leaves are also edible. Recommended as a healthy food by the American Diabetic Association.
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